I had a very good experience last time I was at Ma Peche, and it’s hard to believe it has been nearly 2 years and I still hadn’t taken Mike. We had night plans in the neighborhood, so we made a reservation. It wasn’t an easy task avoiding peppers last time, and this time proved to also be quite a challenge. Luckily, our waiter was helpful (if not a big miffed that I had such an obviously annoying request).
The menu has been changing lately, so here is a view of the menu that night:
The space itself still has that kind of awe-inspiring look to it. It just looks very grand and yet very welcoming.
Mike started with the steamed bun that had lobster, maitake, and chicarron. It was tasty but not memorable.
We then tried the foie gras and it looked absolutely beautiful and tasted almost as beautifully! It came with malt, papaya, and brioche and the papaya was just about the most perfect foil for foie gras I could ask for. Yum.
Can’t help but love the sense of design on the plate too.
We then had the striped bass with mushroom, miso, and bone marrow. It was quite tasty, though I’m not sure if I loved the bone marrow with fish combo.
And the duck, with orange, pistachio, and rutabega. It was cooked perfectly, though I would have loved a bit more crisp in that skin and some extra sauce.
And then we went upstairs to Milk Bar and tried ourselves some blondie pie (good but not great) and a milk shake that I cannot recall. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I don’t find anything I’m especially enamored with personally. I don’t know why, but I’m never as impressed by Milk Bar as I think I’m going to be. Pity.
Overall, I would say my previous meal at Ma Peche was definitely better than this one, but you just can’t beat the impressiveness of this David Chang establishment. I’m surprised I don’t hear more about it, since it’s in an area severely lacking in interesting places to dine (sans tourists). As for Milk Bar, I think I’m still in search of “my dessert” there.
Ma Peche Overall Nom Points: 7 out of 10
Milk Bar Overall Nom Points: 5.5 out of 10